Thursday night was rather rough for fans of the New York Knicks.
At this point, faithful followers of the Knicks should just be used to getting their hearts broken but Thursday’s NBA Draft was especially painful.
It was also especially confusing too.
The Knicks were making a lot of moves on Thursday, but they certainly weren’t very good ones.
What the Knicks did tonight:
NYK trades 11th pick to OKC
OKC trades 3 firsts (23 DEN, DET, WASH) to NYK
NYK then trades 23 DEN, 4 seconds to CHA for 13th pick
NYK then trade 13th pick & Kemba Walker to DET for MKE's 25 first
NYK trades 11, Kemba, 4 2nds & gets 3 future 1sts
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 24, 2022
The Knicks first traded their 11th pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder as the Thunder sent them three first-round picks.
The Knicks then traded one of those first-round picks and four second-round spots to the Hornets for the 13th pick.
Following this, they traded that 13th pick, along with Kemba Walker, to Detroit.
It didn’t end there and it was enough to leave anyone’s head spinning.
What is the team’s endgame here and what are they trying to accomplish?
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Everyone knows that the Knicks are attempting to lure Jalen Brunson from the Dallas Mavericks this offseason.
Though utterly confusing and convoluted, it’s possible that all these moves on Thursday were a way to clear up cap space and gain enough money and assets to work a Brunson deal.
Brunson would add a huge boost to the team but it’s not guaranteed that he would fix all the problems plaguing the team.
The Knicks better hope their plan works out because if not, they did all this work and angered all these people for nothing.
Knicks fans are already fed up with the team, especially after the last season they had, so they want to see something substantial and positive happen for their team.
The last thing they wanted was a draft night full of odd, confounding choices and trades.
But, sadly, that’s what they got.